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Mare naughty half-way through ride
I have been working with a morgan mare since she was five (and now she's six :). But recently half-way through our rides, even if we have only been working for ten minutes, she will start getting extremely stubborn. She lay her ears back and stop dead in her tracks. If I try to keep her moving she'll start going backwards in circles and fling her head around and bump my foot. I keep pressure on her, even using a crop when the need arises ,though I hate doing it, and she'll go however she'll throw a buck in here and there. If I have no control and I feel frustrated, I go back to where I we have a working connection even if it is the walk. I only stop our ride when she is finally good, and I try to make them short working our why up to a longer time. However, each time I get back on she keeps on being naughty so I would love so advice.
p.s. And I'm pretty sure that it is not her tack. I use a bitless bridle and a comfy gel-like girth.
I have the same problem with my horse Stella (a 10-11 month old miniture mare).
She is finally learning the basics (walking and stopping) next im working on trooting and canter. Every 5 seconds, she'll stop cold in her tracks and i have to kick her a little bit to get her going. (Im small so i can ride her) i tried treats, they worked only if i got off every 10 minutes.She is spoiled like her dad (a 6 year old VERY bad stallion he kicks,bites,rears and laids back ears).So maybe you should try giving her treats and giving her breaks once in a while
You should probably not give anyone advice. Minature horses are not generally used for riding and at 10-11 months no horse should be ridden by anyone regardless of size. I must stop now before I hurt your feelings.
Get a proffesional adult to help you.
I pray to god for all the love that is green and good, that taylor12 is a troll. I actually feel sick right now.
Seriously, an 11 month old mini, what is it a foot and a half tall?!
Have you checked saddle fit? A horse's back is always growing a changing, no matter their age. Some horses are quite senstive to this and may act out in bizzare ways. Also check to see if anything is rubbing or digging into her skin; boots, girths, and the bridle. Make sure your noseband isn't too low, make sure it isn't something you're doing.
You didn't make any mention of what you guys are working on, but I would suggest - after the above is checked - just going back to working on forwardness. A lot of the time, a horse may be acting out to tell that she feels uncomfortable, or that you're moving too fast with her. Another suggestion: take a lesson with a respectable trainer. Sometimes they can give you a solution that works right away.
Also, vary up her routine. Horses can actually get bored and depressed with arena work. The hot or naughty ones sometimes feel the need to be challenged in work, or need to get out and do other things. For example, in a week, have three days of riding, one day to go on a hack or trail ride, one day of "play time" (I know a horse that likes rolling around an exercise ball!), and two days off.
I agree with the advice to get a professional to help you.
I would start with something causing her pain. A professional can help you determine if your tack is fitting her properly.
Bitless does not mean pain free. Have you had her teeth checked recently?
Do you do the exact same thing each time you ride? Horses enjoy and need to do different things.
Forgot to add;
Also check for physical issues. Back problems, leg problems, ulcers, worms, etcetera. And teeth; all horses should have their teeth checked at least once a year, even if you aren't using a bit.
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